Our tourism sec­tor shines

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ONCE again our tourism in­dus­try has picked up a swag of ti­tles at the Queens­land Tourism Awards.

We re­ceived 15 gongs, in­clud­ing three gold, ty­ing with Bris­bane.

Fur­ther­more Port Dou­glas tourism iden­tity and Tourism Trop­i­cal North Queens­land chair­woman Wendy Mor­ris re­ceived the top in­di­vid­ual award and Paronella Park was judged the peo­ple’s choice award for ex­pe­ri­ence and ser­vice.

Ms Mor­ris was the win­ner of the Marie Wat­son-Blake Award for out­stand­ing con­tri­bu­tion by an in­di­vid­ual. She has been in­volved in the mar­ket­ing and man­age­ment of small and large tourism en­ter­prises in the Far North for 30 years.

Ms Mor­ris was a pi­o­neer in the de­vel­op­ment of Great Bar­rier Reef­based eco-tourism op­er­a­tions and has held se­nior ex­ec­u­tive po­si­tions in ho­tels and re­sorts, tours and at­trac­tions in Queens­land, many of which were de­vel­oped by the Mor­ris fam­ily.

For eight years she was closely in­volved in the re­al­i­sa­tion of the $380 mil­lion Mt Emer­ald Wind Farm, which will also have a visi­tor ex­pe­ri­ence com­po­nent.

Paronella Park is a tourism at­trac­tion which is also fam­ily owned and op­er­ated and a quin­tes­sen­tial part of the in­dus­try. It was judged the best tourist at­trac­tion.

Award-win­ning Tjapukai Abo­rig­i­nal Cul­tural Park has done it again, voted num­ber one in­dige­nous tourism at­trac­tion while Cob­bold Vil­lage picked up gold for hosted ac­com­mo­da­tion.

Our tourism sec­tor al­ways punches above its weight and this is proven with these awards.

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